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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 January, 2007, 12:00am

Class work is more practical

I wish that teachers would stop giving us assignments. Homework is bad for our health and our relationships with friends and parents. It should be possible to replace homework with class work.

Homework makes us stressed, because we have to finish it before a deadline.

But sometimes we have extra-curricular activities, and chores to do at home.

It's hard to find the time to finish our homework.

We have to sacrifice our sleeping time. When we have a lot of homework we don't get enough rest, and this is not healthy.

Homework also affects our relationships with friends and parents. Because we are tired, we argue with our friends and parents.

And our parents scold us for neglecting our homework.

Why can't homework be replaced by class work? At school, we can ask teachers whenever we have questions. We also have access to reference books and computers.

We will learn better from working at school. And shouldn't school be about learning better?

April Chan

HKMA David Li Kwok Po College

Speak up in class

Hong Kong students are unenthusiastic about asking and answering questions. They sit in silence as their teachers talk to them.

Is this the result of the education system, or is it due to natural Chinese shyness?

Both the HKCEE and A-Level English exams include an oral exam. But Hong Kong students often don't know what to say even during the exam. This is a serious problem.

In a class discussion, there are no correct questions or answers.

It is better to speak up in class, even if you give the wrong answer, because it encourages discussion.

Your teacher will respect

your participation. All the students in the class will benefit if you speak up.

School is a place for learning. You will learn a lot more if you put your hand up and answer the teacher.

Next time your teacher asks a question, why not be the first one to give an answer?

Yeung Chun

Islam Kasim Tuet Memorial College

Study vs friendship

Would you sacrifice your studies for your friends?

I'm facing a dilemma. My friend is very depressed. He can't control his emotions. He becomes unhappy easily.

Worse still, he is very pessimistic and keeps thinking negative thoughts.

I need to comfort him frequently and it takes a lot of time.

I don't have enough time to study for my tests.

But I cannot ignore him because he is my friend. It's a very difficult situation.

I'm trying my best to strike a balance between studying and helping him.

I hope I can do it without letting my friend down or failing my tests.

Kenneth Wong

Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School

Sport can make you happier and healthier

Playing sports is a good way to make our bodies strong.

It's also a good way to communicate with others and make new friends, and it helps us become more confident.

Sport is a very important part of my life.

Although I'm not very good at it, I'm healthy because I play basketball or football every week.

If you make a New Year's resolution this year, why not pledge to do some sport? You will be healthier, fitter and more confident.

Bo Cheuk-law

Dog killers deserve tougher penalty

I'm writing in response to the article 'Four jailed after killing dog 'for consumption'' (SCMP, December 23, 2006).

Dogs are our friends. No one would buy a dog from the pet shop for food.

Yet these four men butchered two dogs and ate them. This is disgusting.

The men each received a 30-day jail sentence. I think the penalty should be heavier.

If you kill a human, you will be jailed for several years.

Thirty days is not a long enough punishment for killing a friend, even if the friend is not human.

I think having a pet is like raising a child. It's a lifetime commitment. We should not mistreat them.

The penalty for abusing animals should definitely be higher.

I hope people can learn to love and respect animals in future.

Angela Chiu Ho-yan

Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Don't panic about food scares

There have been many food scares lately, for example, ones involving fish and vegetables.

Many people are frightened by these reports. They immediately stop buying the food that has been reported as unsafe.

Food sellers suffer when people react like this. This affects the economy.

It also affects the mood of Hong Kong.

I think that Hong Kong people worry too much about such reports.

These foods will only cause health problems if consumed in a large amount.

But we only eat a little bit in a meal.

Nearly everything we eat contains some sort of chemicals. In my opinion, Hong Kong people should calm down.

We should eat everything in moderation. We should eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods.

Instead of panicking that we might get sick from eating something, we should make sure our food is clean and properly cooked.

If we eat properly, our immune system will protect us against chemicals in food.

Law Mei-wa

Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College

More than a game

Many people think that football just involves 22 men running after a ball.

Some people may know that a lot of money is involved in football, for the players, and for people who bet on matches.

But I think football plays a very important role in the world.

Football allows people to have dreams, especially in countries where people live in bad conditions, such as Brazil.

Every child in Brazil can dream about being a famous, well-known football player in the world, like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.

Football stars from poor countries can make a contribution to their home country by taking part in charity work and making donations.

Football also brings a sense of unity. In a football team, each player has his own responsibilities.

If the players are irresponsible and do not follow the coach's instructions, the team will be defeated.

The team's sense of unity is shared by fans.

Finally, football creates national glory and international recognition.

Many small or relatively unknown countries become better known after playing in the World Cup.

And the citizens of those countries have another reason to be proud of their country.

In my view, football is not simply a sport. It is far more important than that.

I'm not surprised to hear people say that football is a matter of life and death!

Benson Lau Ka-chun

Ho Fung College